For Immediate Release
Philadelphia -- After a series of explosions and a massive fire late last week, Philadelphia Energy Solutions abruptly announced that it intends to shut down its long-troubled refinery complex.
Food & Water Watch organizer Sam Rubin issued the following statement:
“This facility has been a deadly hazard to nearby communities for decades. Even when it is functioning normally, the PES facility is the city’s largest polluter, creating unhealthy conditions for neighborhoods in South Philly. Food & Water Watch stands with these communities to make sure they are involved in the coming transformation.
“The workers of USW 10-1 also deserve consideration. Private equity firms have a history of trying to shirk their responsibilities to their employees. Food & Water Watch stands with the workers to make sure that they are fairly treated, including pay and benefits from PES.
“A fair and just transition away from fossil fuels must provide security to workers and safety to local communities. Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney must make sure that PES and its financiers pay for their obligations and transform this area into something that works for all Philadelphians. This announcement should not be used as a ploy for political leaders to throw billions of dollars towards ‘rescuing’ the corporate polluters that have profited from perpetuating environmental injustice and climate chaos.”